More than 4000 displaced by rains in the North
SANTIAGO. A total of 4034 persons were removed from their homes as the result of the rains which fell over the last few days, which also destroyed one house and affected another 806, principally in the northern areas of the country.
The report from the Center of Emergency Operations (COE) reported, in addition, four towns that were cut off and damage to two electric systems, and the shutdown of the aqueduct of Montecristi.
Due to the possibilities of more flooding, overflowing of tributaries and landslides, the COE placed 19 provinces on alert.
Yellow alerts were issued for Dajabon, Santiago Rodriguez, Valverde, Montecristi, La Vega, Monsignor Noel, Espaillat, Duarte (especially the Lower Yuna), Maria Trinidad Sanchez, San Pedro de Macoris (Los Llanos), Santiago and Puerto Plata. At the same time, Hermanas Mirabal, Monte Plata, Sanchez Ramirez, La Romana, El Seibo, Hato Mayor and La Altagracia remain on green alert.
In the North region
The floods caused by the rains in different localities in the province of Santiago, the Central Cibao and the Northwest Line caused millions in losses; since they carried away all of the household effects as well as flooding thousands of tareas planted with different crops. In some cases the flooding destroyed bridges and cause landslides, although the most recent incidents have not produced the loss of human lives.
In the municipality of Navarrete, some 22 km west of Santiago, the Guanabano River flooded more than 800 houses in the sectors of Manolo Tavarez Justo, and La Niega, together with the Joaquin Balaguer barrio and the area near the municipal cemetery and the free zone.
Fausto Tavarez told how from the early hours last night the current of the Guaynabano River got stronger and when he saw that he could no longer resist, he looked for his two daughters that were saved because he got them out in time, and the river waters knocked down the tin-roofed wooden houses.
In the meantime, in Villa Vasquez, dozens of houses in the La Colonia, Botoncillo, Canal North, barrio South, La Gallera and the Arrozal barrios were totally flooded.
A similar situation occurred in Montecristi where the sectors most affected by the rains where the Albinal, El Pozo de Beber, Cristo Rey and the barrio on the street to the Aviacion.
In Villa Tapia, a municipality of the province of Hermanas Mirabal, considerable damage to dozens of humble houses was also reported. Along the Tourist Highway (the Luperon Highway), which connects the city of Santiago with Puerto Plata, there were landslides which made foot and vehicular traffic very difficult through the area.
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